23 May 2019

South Africa: Young, Bright and Experienced - Gauteng Provincial Cabinet to Get a Makeover

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Re-elected Gauteng Premier David Makhura promises a provincial cabinet that will combine experience, youthfulness and energy.

David Makhura was victorious on Wednesday after being re-elected as Gauteng Premier. Winning by just 38 votes, Makhura had been nominated alongside the Democratic Alliance's Solly Msimanga during the Gauteng Provincial Legislature's sixth sitting.

Addressing the media afterwards to highlight his victory and unveil his plans for the province, Makhura said:

"The ANC caucus here is younger, more energetic and better educated, but it also combines experience. We have people that have experience in municipal government and also those who were in the system for a long time."

During the briefing, Makhura made it clear that his cabinet -- which could be appointed as soon as Friday -- would be a genuine reflection of the young caucus.

"When I announce the cabinet, you're going to see a cabinet that will combine experience, energy (new fresh energy) and youthfulness," Makhura said.

The representation of young people in Parliament and the provincial legislatures was hotly debated during and after the 8 May 2019 elections.

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